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Mike Vanevenhoven

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1976 with a B.A. in Art Education. Photography was my studio emphasis. Shortly after graduation, I became a professional photographer and spent the next 43 years working as a portrait, industrial and commercial photographer.

I was a 16-year-old high school kid when I discovered what my lifelong career path would be. I shot my first roll of film and went in the darkroom to make a print. Slipping the paper in the Dektol and seeing it develop before my eyes seemed like alchemy. It was magical. In many ways, it still feels that way. The course was set. I spent the next four decades trying to perfect my craft, both in my 9-to-5 job and in my personal work. Now that I am retired, I can concentrate on the “art” of the process.

I work in color and in black and white, I use the contemporary tools available to me. PhotoShop becomes my digital darkroom. I work closely with my print supplier to make sure the resulting image meets my vision. My subject matter moves between urban and rural. Since I live in the country, I naturally choose to photograph my surroundings. I also travel quite a bit and spend time in both urban and rural areas. If something “grabs me,” I photograph it. It could be a landscape that reminds me of an 18th century painting, a dilapidated structure, or it simply could be line, light, shadow and pattern that attract me.

My influences include painters like Hopper and the Dutch Masters Rembrandt and Vermeer. Man Ray, Diane Arbus, Laslo Moholy-Nagy and Minor White are some of my favorite photographers

Size and Price Range
Print size: approximately . 15in x 22in
Framed to approximately 21in x 28in
Black and white or color

All works framed by the artist.
Price:  $1200

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